Animals Investigate

 In Animals Investigate, pupils will role-play as zoologists to investigate real objects from the natural world. Pupils will use scientific equipment to make simple measurements and observations about objects to identify familiar zoo animals.

Flamingos in the snow at ZSL London Zoo

Key Stage: EYFS

Duration: 30 minutes

Capacity: 35 students

 

Early Years Framework links:

Understanding the world

  • Children make observations of animals and explain why some things occur

Communication and Language

  • Children develop their own narratives by connecting ideas or events

 

Intended Learning Outcomes: 

Pupils will be able to:

  • Use inquiry skills to identify familiar zoo animals
  • Choose and handle tools and equipment appropriately to investigate objects from the natural world
  • Work cooperatively and take turns in investigating the different objects from the natural world

Many objects from the natural world used in this session are loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs.

Please be aware that though we aim to use a live animal in this session, we do not guarantee that they will be present – animals can fall ill or be unwilling to be handled and their welfare is ZSL’s first priority. 

 

For this session

 

Before you visit:

  • Discuss the animals that you may see in the zoo and as a group collate descriptive words for what the animal would look like and what it might feel like
  • Have a look at our website http://www.zsl.org/education/careers-and-courses and find out about some of the different jobs at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

 

While at the zoo:

  • Visit some of these fantastic exhibits and investigate animals from all around the world!

Animal

Zoo Region

Tiger

Asia

Penguin

Europe

Tortoise

Base Camp

Posion Dart Frog

Base Camp

Zebra

Africa

Flamingo

Africa

 

After your visit:

  • Use your investigation skills to measure and identify animals in your environment. You could use wild animals from your local park or playground, school pets, or toy animals.
  • Make a sensory scrapbook of your day at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Use photographs of the animals and stick in items that will help to remind you of your day at the zoo – check out our Amur Tiger sensory scrapbook here [link]